Still Life with Shapeshifter by Sharon Shinn
This is a sequel to The Shape of Desire, and again it's not an action-packed urban fantasy, but a realistic story of what it would actually be like to live with shapeshifters in the real world. The main character, Melanie, has bent her whole life to taking care of and watching over her shapeshifter half-sister Ann. The secondary story is about Janet, whose life comes to revolve around a shapeshifter lover. The Shape of Desire was about love and obsession and lust, but this book is more about what you do for love, what you give up for it, and when to give it up. Or if you can give it up.
Some of the many things I enjoyed most about this book is the friendship between female characters, finding out more about how shapeshifting works in this world, and the whole feel of magic fitting into and woven around everyday life.
Teresa Frohock: Gender Bending: the Big Reveal Commenters were asked to read a selection of prose and then guess if the author was male or female.
My opinion here is simply this: No matter how much we analyze story, prose, or word usage, none of us can say with any certainty whether a specific piece is written by a man or woman unless the author stands up and accepts responsibility for the story.
Mazarkis Williams: Quick Observations Regarding the Gender Bending Contest
Some who guessed male or female then offered a reason why. Though some went off into the realm of the weird, and some were just gaming it (figuring that if more male authors were participating, they'd be more likely to win by guessing male), on the whole the guessers were helpful and insightful. I sorted the reasons into eight general categories.
I've heard the one about women writers only writing about clothes and shoes before. Someone said it in a bookstore, to my face.
Book Recs: The Year of Magical, uh, Magic
The Books of the Raksura were on this list: It’s the kind of fantasy Wells takes very seriously, indeed. This is not your intellectually or emotionally stunted quest fantasy, full of unintentional phallic imagery and stupid-ass names full of improbable hyphens and apostrophes. It’s lush, and mature, and intentionally ambiguous. The exploration of gender roles is particularly exciting.
January 9th, 2013